I am reluctant to get the Loos gauge because of the cost and I don't want to have to buy two. The Loos gauge says it is only for certain diameters. I haven't checked my stays for their diameter. But I am pretty certain the upper and lower stays are one diameter and the spreader stay is slightly larger. I sail a 1980 Catalina
25, but I am pretty sure the original cables have long since been changed out and may have been upgraded. What I don't want to do is have to get two Loos gauges. One would be okay, but I don't understand why they don't just make instrument for a wider range of cable sizes.
As for using the brake cable gauge, there is one for a total $35, which is about half what I can get a used Loos gauge. It would be a handy tool to quickly test if the upper and lower shroud
cables are the same tension, as well as making sure the spreader cables are the same tension.
I might just offer the guy $15 and see what he says. That's just three lattes. And I would rather have a new tool in my garage than hand over more hard earned dollars to Starbucks.
So I am not certain what I will do at this point, expect for the following...
...What I will do is read Seldens rigging guide. I just downloaded "Hints and Advice on Rigging and Tuning Your Selden Mast." Is that the right one? Hope so. I know my mast was also upgraded and it might even be a Selden, though that shouldn't matter when it comes to setting the tension.
The entire pdf is 43 pages, so I have some reading to do for the next couple nights.
I think I will offer the brake cable guy $10 bucks and see if he bites.
I'm a cheap